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Bringing some fun in the sun to Sunday, April 8 is the 20th anniversary of The Sydney Children’s Festival. First Fleet Park at The Rocks will host the festival, showcasing our nations cultural diversity.

“Celebrating Australia Together” is the theme for the 2018 festival, sponsored by Multicultural NSW and supported by the City of Sydney as part of the Living In Harmony Festival and other partners. Already launched, the Children’s Festival is hosting a poster competition with money prizes of up to $100 presented to the winners. The competition will be held within two age groups, nine to thirteen and nine and under.

One of the main focuses of the festival is to allow children to display their talents, make new friends and learn about the privilege we have of living in this multicultural and prosperous country of ours, Australia. The programme for the day will see onstage performances, a parade of ethnically multicultural costumes, display and activity stalls, outdoor games and competitions.

Running from 10:30am until 4:20pm, the performance programme is set to be filled with traditional dancing from the Sydney iDance Studio, Huyan Quang Buddhist Youth Association, Redfern Dance Company and Ikshame Dance Studio to name a few, with classic music performances, martial arts demonstrations and many more entertaining acts.

The official proceedings will commence with the children’s parade and official opening of traditional costume and the national anthem followed by a traditional Aboriginal welcome with guest speeches, a thank you presentation and the announcement of the Children’s Poster Competition winners.

For a great day out for all the family, be sure not to miss the 20th Anniversary of the Sydney Children’s Festival.

Apr 8. First Fleet Park, The Rocks. FREE. Info: www.childrensfestival.com.au

By Riley Hooper